Ready to have your wisdom teeth removed? Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery is the best Atlanta oral surgeon to visit when it is time to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Rockwell Oral and Facial receives a lot of questions regarding the removal of wisdom teeth. We want to help each patient find the answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about the wisdom tooth removal process. If you don’t find the questions or answers you are looking for, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help. Are you ready to schedule your wisdom tooth removal procedure? Call us so we can schedule a consultation and start the process.
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars of which there are usually four in total. They are located in the very back of the dental arch on the top and bottom (Behind all your other teeth). Your wisdom teeth are the last set of adult teeth to develop. Some unique individuals have more than four wisdom teeth. There are many instances where an individual’s wisdom teeth never come into view because they are “impacted.” When wisdom teeth are referred to as impacted, it simply means that the wisdom teeth never break through the gums. They are instead under the gingival tissue.
Wisdom teeth were once more commonly referred to as third molars. There is an old adage that goes “with age, comes wisdom.” Wisdom teeth start developing later in life, just like wisdom, hence the name Wisdom Teeth.” However, wisdom teeth do not allow you to attain more wisdom.
Having wisdom teeth removed is a wise decision due to all the complications wisdom teeth can cause. The primary reason most people will give for having wisdom teeth removed is crowding of other teeth. When teeth are crowded, it can certainly cause a large number of dental problems. However, wisdom teeth can cause a large number of other issues that are rarely mentioned.
Wisdom teeth do not always become visible within your mouth. Some individuals have wisdom teeth that never break through their gums. Wisdom teeth that do not break through the gums are called impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause damage to the roots of your teeth which will cause a great deal of pain. Other individuals may have wisdom teeth that only partially emerge which are more prone to cause infection and decay. Wisdom teeth can lead to the formation of cysts, tumors, infection and serious tooth decay.
First we will meet with you and discuss the procedure. It is at this point we will need to know of any medications you are currently taking and any health issues. We are sure you will have questions regarding the procedure too. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the wisdom teeth removal process. Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery will be happy to answer any questions and put your mind at ease. When we meet will also go over the type of anesthetic that will be used during the procedure.
During the surgery you will be sedated. Most wisdom teeth removal procedures only last about 45 minutes to an hour. During this time Dr Damion Rockwell will be making incisions to remove the wisdom teeth. Then stitches will be used to close the area of incision. Gauze will then be placed in your mouth to help start the clotting process.
Once the procedure has been completed you will feel drowsy due to the anesthetic. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. Almost everyone is provided pain medication to help with pain after the surgery. Most individuals do not have pain from the surgery itself. However, the swelling caused by the surgery is usually mildly uncomfortable. The swelling usually lasts for several days following the procedure. Once the swelling has reduced it will still take a couple of weeks for your mouth to completely heal.
Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery will be glad to assist you in every way possible before and after your wisdom teeth removal procedure to increase your comfort level. If there is anything we can do to improve your experience with our oral surgery facility, please do not hesitate to let us know.